Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson aka “The Mountain” from the popular Game Of Thrones TV Series is also a world champion power lifter. In this video he puts a whooping 970 pounds on the bar and attempts a dead lift.
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Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhafθour ˈjuːliʏs ˈpjœsːɔn]; born November 26, 1988) is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player. He plays Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Hafþór began his sports career as a basketball player. At 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) he started his senior team career with Division I club Breiðablik in 2004. In 2005 he joined FSu Selfoss in the Icelandic Division I. After 10 games it was discovered that he had been playing with a broken bone in his ankle and would require surgery. After recovering from surgery, Hafþór moved to Úrvalsdeild powerhouse KR in 2006. He missed most of the 2006-2007 season after a screw in his ankle shattered and had to be fixed by another surgery.
For the 2007–2008 season, he moved back to play for FSu Selfoss. For the season he averaged 6.7 points on 63.8% shooting, helping the team achieve promotion to the Úrvalsdeild. The troublesome ankle forced him to retire from basketball after the season at the age of 20. Between 2004 and 2006 Hafþór played 32 games for the Icelandic junior national basketball teams. In 2006 he played 8 games with Iceland’s U-18 national team in Division A of the U18 European Championship. Hafþór met Icelandic strongman Magnús Ver Magnússon at his gym “Jakaból” in 2008, and Magnús said that Hafþór seemed a good prospect as a strongman. Hafþór won several strongman contests in Iceland in 2010 including Strongest Man in Iceland, Iceland’s Strongest Viking, Westfjords Viking, and five of six events at the OK Badur Strongman Championships.
Hafþór finished in second place at the inaugural Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic in November 2010, behind Brian Shaw. He won the 2011 Strongest Man in Iceland contest on June 4, 2011, and the 2011 Iceland’s Strongest Man contest on June 18, 2011. Hafþór came fourth in the Giants Live Poland 2011 event on August 6, 2011. On 31 January 2015, Hafþór beat a 1,000-year-old record set by Orm Storolfsson at the World’s Strongest Viking competition in Norway, where he carried a 10-metre-long (33 ft), 650-kilogram (1,430 lb) log for five steps. Hafþór was cast as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane for the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones in August 2013. This was his first main acting role, and he is the third person to depict the character after Conan Stevens played the role in season 1 and Ian Whyte in season 2. He became the first actor to portray Clegane in more than one season with his appearances in season 4, season 5, season 6 and season 7. Hafþór was cast for the role of Mongkut in the 2017 film Kickboxer: Retaliation.